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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 11, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Reese Witherspoon to catch “Fever” in Peggy Lee biopic

Interesting news yesterday: Variety confirmed that Reese Witherspoon will produce and star in a biopic of jazz singer Peggy Lee, best known for her sultry rendition of “Fever” (and, to moviegoers of a certain age, her voice work in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp”). Reportedly, Witherspoon personally approached the Lee estate to obtain the rights to the singer’s story. Lee died in 2002, after a long career that included both triumph and tragedy — and one iconic song that no one who’s heard will forget. Nora Ephron will write the screenplay and direct the film, which might be just right; I loved what she did with Julia Child (if not Julie Powell) in her last film, and this might take her back to a slightly darker “Silkwood” mode. No word on a timeline for this film, but I’m intrigued.

Just try to get this song out of your head. I dare you. Love the finger-snapping.

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